Dhaka, Bangladesh
President, PM for protecting environment, biodiversity

World Environment Day today

President, PM for protecting environment, biodiversity

The World Environment Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Monday with a view to creating awareness about importance of environment and nature, reports UNB. The theme of this year's day is 'Connecting People to Nature'. The Environment and Forests Ministry, and various non-government and green organisations have taken elaborate programmes marking the day. On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke at a function marking the inauguration of the World Environment Day, Tree Fair and Campaign for Tree Plantation at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC). Later, the Prime Minister planted a jackfruit sapling at the BCCI compound marking the National Tree Plantation Campaign. She also inaugurated the National Environment Fair and National Tree Fair-2017 at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. On Monday, Bangladesh Krishibid Institution will arrange a discussion at its auditorium in the capital where Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju is expected to be present. Bangladesh Poribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) will organise a seminar on nature, environment and biodiversity conservation and development at its conference hall in the day. Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages, calling upon all to come forward to protect the environment and biodiversity. In his message, the President said: "The ties between human beings and nature are inseparable. The existence of all animals and biodiversity is dependent on nature." "But rapid industrialisation and urbanisation along with increasing population cause irreparable damages to the environment and biodiversity," he added. In her message, the Prime Minister said the environment and biodiversity have been endangered due to the increase in population and imprudent activities of human being while ecosystem is also losing its balance. "Due to manmade environment pollution, we're going to lose the services from the ecosystem," she said, adding that wildlife and biodiversity are being endangered and the rural people's lifestyle is being affected directly.

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